Kaatruveliyidai (2017)

 ●  Tamil ● 2 hrs 27 mins

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The film begins with Indian Air Force pilot Varun Chakrapani aka VC (Karthi) being captured by the Pakistani Army. He is imprisoned in the Rawalpindi prison and undergoes regal torture. During his tenure there, he cherishes the memories of times spent with his former love Leela (Aditi Rao Hydari). Leela and VC get acquainted as Leela comes to Srinagar to work as a doctor and nurses VC back to health when he encounters an accident. While she and Nidhi (Rukmini Vijayakumar) visit VC at the Air force meeting with the help of Ilyas Hussain (RJ Balaji), VC disocvers that Leela is the sister of his course pilot Ravi Abraham, who died in a flight which VC was supposed to go in. Both develop feelings for each other. Later, Leela meets VC while he is posted at Leh Military Base where she discovers VC has a different character other than the lovable one which she has seen.Back to the present, VC and two other Indians plan for an escape from the prison. VC and Leela part due to difference of opinion. VC proposed marriage to Leela, however, they do not get married and VC leaves to Delhi. VC gets acquainted with Leela's family after he finds out she is pregnant with his child. However, Leela's dad hates VC and doesn't give his word for their marriage. VC pleads for another chance as Leela resigns her job and leaves Srinagar. VC then leaves to Kargil where he is incarcerated. Somehow, VC and the two other prisoners escape and reach India. VC searches for Leela and after 3 years, he finds her and tells her that he's changed and that he's sorry for meeting her, loving her, hurting her and for everything. VC and Leela finally reconcile after VC meets their daughter, Rohini.

Cast: Aditi Rao Hydari, Karthik Sivakumar

Crew: Mani Ratnam (Director), S Ravi Varman (Director of Photography), AR Rahman (Music Director), S Sivakumar (Audiographer)

Rating: U (India)

Genres: Romance, Thriller

Release Dates: 07 Apr 2017 (India), 07 Apr 2017 (Singapore), 07 Apr 2017 (United Arab Emirates)

Tamil Name: காற்றுவெளியிடை

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Did you know? The film marks Aditi Rao Hydari's Tamil cinema debut. Read More
masterpiece of mani rathnam sir again !!!

amazing journey for audience,,, very exciting visuals and sound.. and karthi and aditi, vc and leela stays in our heart very deeply. clean performance given by all of the characters. sarattu vandila song colors are used in a very different way. completely a visual treat for all... love u mani rathnam sir once again!!!

Waste of time

very good acting by hero and heroin

nice and again and again he proven his level the great director

A war veteran suffering with mental illness in Romance

KAATRU VELIYIDAI (KV) review by Arun oliver

KV, reminds me that cinema is all about visual communication .
KV’s visual communication which is at par to Hollywood standard , will haunt you and hunt you down.
A treat to the viewer’s eye.
Landscape’s of snow ,green trees covered with the colour of white ,fighter aircraft's , mountains, prisons, heart throbbing Kiriti and Adithi roa ,takes you to a world filled with the feeling of Euphoria.
The story revolves around Kirhti, who fights against PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder), which is common among veterans.
If he doesn’t control his impulses, that often leed’s to emotional abuse of HIS GIRL Adithi Roa, his relationship is at stake!
Aditi Rao
Your My GIRL! Rite from the beginning you feel that she is your GIRL.
The introduction scene of Aditi on her train to Srinagar ,looking out of the window,as snow pellets fall , makes your heart leap out of its rib cage.
Karthi would say ,”I still remember the first time i saw her , injured at a road accident ,on my hospital bed , and when my ,closed eyes twitched on the sick bed , i saw the most beautiful face treating me”.
Her first ride on the fighter plane , the sounds of fighter planes trigging memory of kirthi , her trip to Leh airbase & the first time she experiences the negative side of kirthi, are all fantastic scenes.
No sense of conflict is observed in Aditis reciprocity to Karthi’s flirtation. She is head over heals ,crazy in love with the first patient she has ever treated . Reminds me of the movie NOTEBOOK, that kind off a romance you feel . She loves him no matter what flaws he has, raw love to the only one who addresses her as “MY GIRL”
Aditi will henceforth be called as “Adithi of KV fame”

The clean shave of his mustache enhances his character of a Fighter plane Military officer & a romantic Play Boy.
Karthi’s dual personality is the heart of his characterization, a lover boy with a mental health problem.
His often tiffs with Adithi is expressed by a classic dialogue from Karthi to Adhiti saying
“i take peoples life as a soldier, you give life as a doctor, we are different! ”

Cinematography by Ravi Varman
The web is talking of the visual treat presented by KV movie and the credit goes to ace cinematographer Ravi Varman.
The master of the craft , ensures every scene emotes the rite sense of feel that the scene demands.
The sets used for every scene deserves a standing ovation.
KV in anutshell
A movie that could win the Awards for best cinematography /best Art direction/Best Music and BGM/Best Sound Engineering /best dance choreography by Brinda / Best Dialogue’s /Best Acting for KArthi &Aadithi
A story that reflects how war veterans destroy family life due to PTSD
#kaatru #veliyidai

Classic maniratnam movie

The movie was very decent. A decent romance again. Aditi Rao was the best. Karthi was good too. Nallai allai song was not in the movie - a big shock. Azhagiyae was well choreographed.

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as Dr. Leela Abraham
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as Girija Kapoor
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Colour Info:
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
2.35:1, 2.39:1 (Scope)
Archival Source:
Music Label: Sony Music Entertainment, AP International

Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu

Music Director: AR Rahman

Music Director: AR Rahman
Playback Singer: Shashaa Tirupati

Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: AR Rahman, Tippu, Nikhitha Gandhi

Music Director: AR Rahman
Lyricist: Vairamuthu
Playback Singer: Haricharan

Music Director: AR Rahman
Playback Singer: Tejinder Singh
Movie Connection(s):
Dubbed into: Cheliyaa (Telugu)
This is Mani Ratnam's 25th movie.

The film marks Aditi Rao Hydari's Tamil cinema debut.

This is the first film which Mani Ratnam has shot abroad, with some scenes being shot in Belgium.
Filming Start Date:
08 Jul 2016
Filming End Date:
28 Dec 2016
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